Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering rash that can last several weeks.

It can occur at any time, with no warning.

For most people, the pain from shingles resolves as the rash heals, but for others, it can last for months or even years.

For some, the pain from shingles:

  • Can be

  • Can interfere with normal, everyday activities including walking, sleeping and social activities

  • Can cause long-lasting nerve pain - known as postherpetic neuralgia or PHN

  • Can lead to emotional distress

For many people with PHN, even a breeze or the touch of clothing can cause severe pain. If you are 50 or over, you’re at increased risk of shingles.

Shingles can appear on different parts of the body and it can be mild, moderate or severe.

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